Columbian Empanadas

When we sailed into Santa Marta, Columbia, we had no idea what fantastic food would be there to great us. And we didn’t have to go far to look for it. Street vendors were everywhere, selling arepas and empanadas from their mobile stands by the beaches and sidewalks. Unlike my co-pirate’s Easy Empanadas that use…

Kolaches (aka TX breakfast hot dogs)

There was a time when your faithful Pirate had not heard of these wonderful one-handed breakfast treats.  I KNOW…Captain Peter was equally incredulous when I asked “what are these kolaches?” that I was reading about.  “YOU’VE NEVER HAD TEXAS BREAKFAST HOT DOGS?!?” was his response.  We met and married late, so we occasionally discover these…

The Great New Orleans Ferdie Po’ Boy

These are so over-the-top you don’t even find them at every po’ boy restaurant in New Orleans.  Pioneered by Mother’s Restaurant, this classic is variously interpreted as a roast beef po’ boy with ham and cheese or a ham and cheese po ‘boy with roast beef debris.  Mother’s didn’t have cheese — it was just…

Smokey Sloppy Sliders

If any of you have spent time in Iowa you might be familiar with the traditionally popular Maid-Rites. These little “Sloppy Joes,” or as they call them “loose meat sandwiches,” are what kids grew up on in Iowa. Predating McDonald’s by almost 30 years, I’m guessing they were the vision of what fast food sandwiches…

Jerk Turkey Balls

If you love the flavor of Jamaican Jerk Chicken but find it’s not terribly convenient to make or consume offshore, you need to try these great turkey balls made with traditional jerk ingredients. Meatballs, along with meat pies, are the perfect hardy cruising food…packed with protein, carbs and tummy-soothing spices. You can make ahead and…

The Crab Quesadilla Blues

Lots of celebrations coming up this weekend…Kentucky Derby on Saturday (don’t forget your Mint Juleps!) and Cinco de Mayo on Sunday! From bourbon and fancy hats to Tequila and great music, this weekend has it all. So to help you celebrate Cinco de Mayo we’ve got a “Blues x 2” treat here for you… blue…

Cordon Bleu Chicken Fingers

Or as our guest sailor today would call them, “Doigts de Poulet Cordon Bleu.”  Ace and his dad Wendell joined us today to see how fast we could cross Lake Pontchartrain, sailing to New Orleans and back.  Your Galley Pirate wasn’t quite sure what eleven year olds eat, and surveyed several scalleywags who reliably reported…

Italian Meatball Sliders

It’s that time of year when everyone’s clamoring for football food—something to bring to the clubhouse; hardy finger food that washes down well with beer. These sliders aren’t your typical mini-sandwiches. These are created by cutting a hole out of the bun and plopping a golfball-sized meatball in the middle. So easy to make, these…

Banh Mi Burritos

Do you ever have those gastronomical descision-making crises where every single ethnic food category seems like exactly what you’re craving?  Do I want Thai or Middle Eastern or Vietnamese or Mexican?  And then do you ever want said cravings to be available almost instantaneously?  And then … do you realize you’re on a boat somewhere…